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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 198’s Fabricio Werdum

, / 112 0 resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC 198 headliner Fabricio Werdum, who looks to defend his title this Saturday (May 14, 2016) inside Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

One of the world’s top submission fighters, Fabricio Werdum, will try to defend his Heavyweight title opposite boxing specialist, Stipe Miocic, this Saturday (May 14, 2016) inside Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

Werdum’s career resurgence really has been an impressive feat. Since leaving UFC in 2008, he’s submitted Fedor Emelianenko, won six straight inside the Octagon, and dethroned Cain Velasquez with a guillotine.

While his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game has been great for a long time now, the rest of Werdum’s skills evolved and allowed him to pull off these incredible accomplishments. Once more, he’s in for a tough match with Miocic and will rely on these improvements.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the champion’s skill set:


After spending most of his early career desperate to drag the fight to the mat, Werdum has evolved into a very dangerous Muay Thai striker. Under the tutelage of the great Rafael Cordeiro, Werdum has learned to aggressively attack and take advantage of his jiu-jitsu background on the feet as well.

Since Werdum has absolutely no fear of the takedown — he actually invites it — Werdum outside game makes great use of kicks. He’s also a fairly lanky Heavyweight, so it’s a smart weapon for him anyway.

In order to set up his kicks, Werdum routinely starts his combination with a series of straight punches. Mixing up his jabs and crosses in different ways, Werdum will then build off his combination depending on how his opponent reacts and how much distance is between them.

For example, Werdum commonly mixes a stepping ….View full article

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